How Jesus speaks through music, dance—and kids get it! 
Posted by Documentation KFC on 6/1/2013 4:16:35 AM

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LINGAYEN, June 1, 2013 – The Gospel cannot be limited by age nor understanding, which is probably why kids get to learn about and love Jesus through simple songs and dances.

“Why do we need to teach them how to sing? Because singing is twice praying,” said CFC – Kids for Christ (CFC – KFC) international coordinator Nic Escalona, quoting St. Augustine.

Short, repetitive, simple songs

This highly common evangelistic tactic—that is used by possibly every single kids’ and youth ministry in the country—seems to be broken down into a science by KFC, which has been doing children’s formation for the past 16 years.

“Gumagamit tayo ng song and dance with [the] right timing and lyrics kasi in a simple way, doon nila ma-eexpress ‘yung love nila sa Panginoon (We use song and dance… because in a simple way, that is how they express their love for the Lord),” said Blair Jereza, who served as pastoral worker for KFC for three years.

Jereza explained that KFC songs—most of which are original compositions of community members—are short, easy to learn and repetitive for a reason.

 

This is done to adjust to their shorter attention spans and a still developing understanding of more complex concepts and words.

According to KFC ate (big sister) Sarah Felix, 17, teaching kids how to praise God through action songs encourages a more mature view and way of relating to God.

“Since bata pa sila ang ginagawa nila puro hingi. Hindi sila nagpapa-thank you. ‘Pag tinuturan sila na mag worship, ‘yun na ‘yung way natin na masabi sa kanila na dapat nag-tha-hank you din kay God and ‘yung ways Niya dapat fino-follow natin, (Since they are kids, what they mostly do is ask for something. They don’t say thank you. When they are taught how to worship, that’s our way of telling them that we should also thank God and follow His ways),” Felix, who joined KFC in Cainta, Rizal for as long as she can remember, explained further.

Just like the parents

 

Through monthly meetings, kids are gradually taught a charismatic form of prayer where they are encouraged to close their eyes, raise their hands and imagine being with Jesus.

This form of prayer is largely patterned after Couples for Christ’s (CFC) way of worship.

The shared charism of CFC and its family ministries reflects one of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines’s (PCP II) pastoral priorities, that of making the family “the focal point of evangelization.”

In the message of the National Pastoral Consultation On Church Renewal, the Philippine Church affirms that “family integral faith formation of children, youth and parents must take place"—something which CFC has been doing ten years before  (PCP II). [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]


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